Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus)
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, this herb is commonly used for chronic or recurrent infections, not for acute ones and often in combination with other herbs. Astragalus is used for many health conditions and is purported to have immune stimulating and antiviral properties. Research is weak, but astragalus has shown enough promise that the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine is conducting studies. May have cardiac and immune system benefits. Likely safe for most adults. Efficacy for treatment of hepatitis has not been established.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, avoid during acute infections. Those with autoimmune conditions should avoid unless advised otherwise. Avoid if taking beta-blockers and immune suppressants, such as steroids and anti-rejection drugs. Use cautiously in patients with bleeding or blood clotting disorders, and/or decreased clotting ability, such as those taking NSAIDs or anticoagulants. May act as a diuretic. . May interact with a long list of other supplements. Safety for children is not established, probably should avoid since astragalus may increase growth hormone. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid.
May lower blood pressure and blood glucose levels. May increase growth hormone levels and coagulation times.
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